The Arizona Department of Health Services announced that state and local health officials have been working with the administration of American Leadership Academy, Ironwood K-12 campus regarding a member of their school community who was one of the two individuals identified as having a presumptive positive test for COVID-19 on Saturday, March 7th. This individual did not have severe illness and has fully recovered from the virus.
There have now been five cases of COVID-19 identified in Arizona
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Pinal County Public Health Department confirmed today that two Pinal County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Both cases are from the same household as the current Pinal County case. State and local public health are currently investigating the cases.
Pinal County Public Health Department confirmed a presumptive positive case of COVID-19, bringing the total COVID-19 case count in Arizona to three. The case, a healthcare worker in her 40s, lives in Pinal County and is currently in stable condition in a Maricopa County hospital. She is not a known contact of any confirmed COVID-19 cases and has not traveled to any areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely. For this reason, Public Health is treating this case as its first instance of community spread.
Yesterday storm systems near the fire area produced gusty outflow winds. The winds increased fire activity in the Fish Creek area and along the northwest perimeter of the fire near Pinion Mountain. Containment remains at 68 percent. Fire crews continue to suppress hotspots along the fire’s edge. Smoke may be seen due to pockets of vegetation burning within the fire perimeter.
Suppression repair efforts are being conducted in all closed areas, such as chipping downed trees and hauling out equipment and debris to minimize the effects caused by the fire suppression.
The Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team (Team 2) is working closely with local state, county, and community organizations. Our partners are helping the firefighting operations in the following ways:
For families with young children, the summer school break is upon us. The start of the warmer summer weather, backyard BBQ’s and definitely the time to jump in the pool and keep cool.
Pool safety is a year-round priority in Arizona and in Pinal County, but during the summer peak swimming season, it becomes critical that everyone practices good pool safety habits. This means a heightened sense of awareness when young children are around the pool.
The Pinal County Air Quality Department (PCAQD) is issuing an air quality advisory due to the potential for elevated particulates associated with smoke from a wildland fire on State land in the area southeast of Coolidge.